Wonderbox is a female-led new writing company that began last year. Our work aims to look at taboo issues and difficult subjects and provoke a conversation among our audiences. We are a small group of five women who met at The National Youth Theatre in 2016. We wanted to create theatre that would show women’s stories, with female characters and use female creatives.
‘A Womb of One’s Own’ is our first play. Written by our resident writer Claire Rammelkamp, ‘A Womb’ is the story of an 18 year old women who goes through an abortion on entering university. This may not seem like prime comedy material, but Claire’s writing is able to create a dynamic, dark comedy that takes the audience on a journey of laughter and tears.
I wanted to direct this piece for many reasons. I thought the script was gold, but the fact it comes from a very personal place, developing the piece with this group of women felt important and necessary. Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland, as it is in many places the world over and with Trump over the pond the world can feel like a flashback scene in The Handmaid’s Tale. Doing a feminist dark comedy on abortion feels like a push against that, even in the smallest way.
I love female theatre makers and writers that are unashamedly anarchic in their form. Caryl Churchill, debbie tucker green and Ella Hickson are example of how writers can use form to challenge the patriarchy. Rashdash’s use of bodies, music and movement takes theatre back to its roots in the most punk way possible. Ursula Martinez is magnificent storyteller, and takes her audiences for a ride every time.
Being part of The Playmill Festival at The Kings Head is an exciting opportunity for us and the show. The Kings Head has always had a reputation for theatre that is a bit more subversive than other fringe venues, so it is exciting to headline the bill for a week at a theatre that aims to challenge the norm like we do. We are proud to be apart of The Kings Head programme and join fantastic alumni of theatremakers.